Sumiko Blackbird High Output Cartridge

By Sumiko


Among the first Reference open-body MC cartridge designs from Sumiko, Blackbird has been circling audiophiles for decades. Fiercely detail-oriented via its nude line-contact stylus & highly rigid boron cantilever, it is widely known for its brilliantly airy highs, midrange clarity and full-bodied, texture-rich bass. Nuance around instruments and vocals are palpable, room ambiance vividly transcribed, low & high frequency extension sweet and natural. Originally released in high-output (2.5mV). Blackbird High elevates your MM system to the next level, then some.



  • Mass & Dimensions: 9.6g, 17.1 x 20.5 x 28.2mm (WxHxD)
  • Stylus: Nude Line-Contact
  • Cantilever: ⌀0.28mm Boron Shaft
  • Coils: High-Purity Copper
  • Internal Impedance: 135Ω
  • Load Impedance: 47kΩ
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz – 50kHz
  • Output: 2.5mV
  • Channel Separation: 35dB @ 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: <0.5dB @ 1KHz
  • Compliance: 12×10-6cm/dyn @ 100Hz
  • Capacitance: 100pF – 200pF
  • Vertical Tracking Angle: 20°
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.8g – 2.2g
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0g